From land to sea
Our oil operations take place over a vast region spanning 1.5 million square kilometers, larger than the combined areas of Texas, California, Oklahoma and Utah, or of France, Spain and Germany, and span all areas of Saudi Arabia, including the territorial waters of the Arabian Gulf and Red Sea.
In 2011, Saudi Aramco focused on developing the Manifa Field, the fifth-largest oil field in the world, located offshore in the Arabian Gulf. Overall offshore construction was 97 percent complete at year-end, including all offshore platform decks, subsea pipelines for crude oil gathering and water injection, and subsea power and communications cables. All 27 manmade islands and the main and lateral causeways were completed.
The power to provide
In 2011, our daily crude oil production jumped to 9.1 million bpd, compared to 7.9 million bpd the previous year.
Saudi Aramco had the opportunity to respond to the new challenges that were presented to the world in 2011.
By the time our Manifa operations come online in December 2014, the field will be expected to produce 900,000 bpd of Arabian Heavy crude oil, 90 million scfd of sour gas, and 65,000 bpd of hydrocarbon condensate.
Oil operations 2011 highlights
- 161 oil exploration and development wells were completed.
- Shaybah Producing Facilities won the GCC’s Environmental Excellence Stewardship Award in the category of “Best Industrial Establishment Complying with Environmental Standards and Regulations."
- Zero discharge technology was adopted as standard practice at all onshore wells. The technology uses chemical neutralization, followed by multiphase separation processes to recover hydrocarbons. The technology eliminates gas flaring, conserves valuable hydrocarbons, reduces in-rig time, enhances safety and reduces environmental impact.
Sustaining our best work
To sustain oil and gas production from both new and existing fields, Saudi Aramco continued work on its offshore and onshore Maintain Potential Programs. As part of the onshore project, 104 new oil and water wells were completed, adding to our oil production capacity. In June 2011 the offshore project was completed as scheduled.